Drama broke out as Flying Squad officers bundled off Suna East MP, Junnet Mohammed outside Nation Centre on Tuesday morning hate speech.
Mohammed was at NTV’s AM Live show as a panelist holding talks on the future of IEBC commissioners who CORD wants out of their offices.
As the MP leaves the showroom, the legislator was rounded up by police but other CORD bosses led by Siaya Senator James Orengo tried to stop the officers from arresting the MP with their car.
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They (Orengo and Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma) insisted that the politician must be driven to the police station in their car.
Shortly after the arrest, Cord supporters in Migori and Kibera – considered an opposition stronghold – began protesting for the arrest of the four opposition lawmakers over alleged hate speech.
This incident comes after a day after Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet ordered Junnet and his CORD colleagues to record statements at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI), as their responses to the alleged hate speech issued by Jubilee’s Moses Kuria and Ferdinand Waititu.
Kuria who is aligned to the ruling Jubilee coalition asked the government to assassinate CORD leader Raila Odinga. Speaking in his native Kikuyu language, Kuria was captured on camera reportedly whipping up church goers in Kiambu against the former Prime Minister. He has since denied he made these remarks.
His counterpart, Waititu, also called for the forceful circumcision of members of the Luo community living in Nairobi.
In response, ODM leaders; Junnet Mohammed, Timothy Bosire and Aisha Jumwa, jointly issued similar comments, threatening to get their supporters to ‘defend themselves’ if Kuria and Waititu are not seized by the police.
In a press conference, Cord parliamentarians on Monday called on the party’s supporters to protect the leadership as the state was not able to do it. The police have said the comment amounted to hate speech.
Kuria, Waititu and Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri are said to have recorded statements with the DCI on the same day the order was issued.
Seven Kenyan lawmakers in all are caught up in the hate speech allegations and all the seven MPs are due to appear in court over allegations of hate speech.
There are three MPs from the governing Jubilee coalition:
And three MPs and one senator from the Cord opposition alliance:
The head of Kenya police’s CID division Ndegwa Muhoro told journalists that the police will arrest anyone who propagates hate speech. The four cord members are currently giving evidence at a police station in the capital, Nairobi.
The three Jubilee MPs made statements last night.
Watch The Video Of Thee Battle That Ensued Between CORD and The Police Outside Nation Centre On Tuesday Morning